Health experts say risky teen behavior is up

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By William P. Thompson Roosevelt County health officials gave out some bad news last night at a town hall meeting on underage drinking — in recent years, more than half of Roosevelt County high school students have reported having an alcoholic drink. Terry Teti of Community Resources, Inc. in Portales said a 2003-2004 self-reported survey […]

Portales prepares to test Clovis

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By Dave Wagner: Freedom Newspapers Clovis High girls basketball coach Miles Watters expects the Lady Wildcats to get their first test of the season tonight. The defending Class 5A state champions, winners of 31 in a row and 39 of their last 40, travel south for a 7 p.m. contest against rival Portales, the defending […]

Hounds trounced in opener

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. — Suffice it to say, Central Arkansas spoiled Mark Ribaudo’s head coaching debut at Eastern New Mexico University Thursday night. Senior quarterback Chris Reil threw for two touchdowns and 227 yards and senior tailback Kentrel Rogers rushed for 107 yards and a score as the Bears rolled to a 51-0 win over […]

New Mexico Secretary of Health, entourage discuss issues at La Casa

By Helena Rodriguez: PNT Staff Writer Teen pregnancies, drug use and a lack of local mental health services were major concerns that New Mexico Secretary of Health, Michelle Lujan Grisham and an entourage, discussed at La Casa Family Health Center on Tuesday. The planned visit to Portales, as well as one held at the public […]

Morgan honored with medal

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By Kevin Wilson Johnny Morgan celebrated his 88th birthday on Monday, but he’ll always go back to his 28th birthday. It was on that day — May 2, 1945 — that German armies in Italy surrendered in World War II. “It was a good birthday,” Morgan said with a smile. Morgan was honored for that […]

Small business seminars offered

By Tony Parra Members of ACCION and West Corp. are targeting Portales small business owners and entrepreneurs in an effort to help them with their businesses from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. during a Thursday workshop in the Portales City Hall. There is no charge for the workshop and it is designed to inform business […]

Barber hangs up clippers after 56 years

By Tony Parra James “Babe” Morgan has hung up his clippers. After 56 years of working as a barber, he’s no longer sharing stories and weather reports with his customers. Morgan has been working for the last 16 years of his career at Herb’s Barbershop on south Main Street on the downtown square of Portales. […]

Dec. 23 Obituaries

Era Jewett, 96 Mrs. Era Jewett, 96, of Portales, died Tuesday, Dec. 21, 2004, at her home in Portales. She was born on Aug. 17, 1908, in Boyd, Texas, to Mary Ann and William Samuel Lavender. She married Elliott Jewett on Nov. 12, 1930, in Marietta, Okla. They made their home in Fort Worth, Texas, […]

Medicare on minds of many in Portales

By Tony Parra The push has already begun to try to stop New Mexico legislators from making more cuts to Medicaid funding in the 2005 legislation, which begins in January. Some of the push is coming from Portales. Delores Penrod, a retired Community Services Center worker for almost 35 years, presented a resolution to Mayor […]

Two area teens killed in truck crash

By David Irvin: Freedom Newspapers Two area teenagers died and three more were seriously injured around midnight Sunday as they drove through an open field at a high rate of speed south of Portales, officials said. A New Mexico State Police news release said the pickup in which the teens were traveling crossed Roosevelt Road […]